Writer: Mitchell Bray
Perhaps we Blues supporters are being a little impatient as to the prospect of new signings.
Pep Clotet may well have a few gems up his sleeve and maybe we will see these new incomers sooner rather than later. Personally, I am concerned and a bit apprehensive as the new season is only a few weeks away.
The Portugal trip was no doubt useful for the players etc and the usual bonding and trying out of new formations, not forgetting the welcome to the fold of Stockdale and Keita. Jonathan Grounds another.
However, this system of 3-4-2-1 is a mystery as history tells us that as far as the back three are concerned – this is simply not BCFC and, in my opinion, a car crash waiting to happen. Players we have in these positions are not skilled enough to play out from the back and we are very vulnerable to decent forward opposition. Zola tried it and we suffered. Lessons should surely be learned.
Garry Monk had it more or less tapped without it being perfect, but two up front is what Blues are. Any other style I regret to add is bordering on the kamikaze. Attractive football our hierarchy may well want but we simply do not, as we stand, possess the players to do it. New younger lads like Seddon, Lakin, Bellingham etc need experienced guys around them and apart from Gardner, Dean and Jutkiewicz, they could suffer. Harding is a bit different as he could hold his own more or less with any team.
Strength and experience is a must if this new system of 3-4-2-1 is employed from day one. Adams with Jutkiewicz was good, so a simple replacement for Adams is logical but surely we must keep to a top two.
Vassell is certainly not proven as yet so gambling on this very delicate new-look approach is too much a gamble. Attacking strength would certainly be an argument against my fears but as we currently stand this area is fragile at best.
Looking back to the Portugal trip, I have tried to glean some positive points with possibly the tough tackling Seddon-a la Keiftenbeld – being my stand out, with the inclusion of Jude Bellingham for parts of the games played, the other pleasing aspect.
Brentford beckons in under three weeks and unless decent additions are made quickly then we will struggle. Forget what might be with our players, we as supporters know what they can and cannot do, and this squad will not be comfortable or confident with this ‘back to Zola’ days approach.
Ren and co. may wish for attractive football like the rest of us, but supporters of BCFC do not live in fantasy land. Time will tell if this barmy system is a success or not. What concerns me is the damage that is made before the penny drops.